Edmonds City Councilmember DJ Wilson has formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term.
“I am excited for the campaign to begin,” Wilson said. “I have already started fundraising, and will start doorbelling here in April.”
Wilson said he has already collected a list of prominent endorsements, including Congressman Jay Inslee, Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, and Rep. Marko Liias. Included on the list is Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers, Everett City Council President Shannon Affholter, and the mayors of Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park and Bothell.
“I am really pleased with the early and bipartisan support I’ve received so far in this campaign,” Wilson said. “People who know me know that I listen to the community and then do what I think is best. Some folks think my politics are hard to place, but I’m really just trying to represent the diversity found in the people of Edmonds.”
In a press release issued Monday, Wilson cited as major accomplishments his efforts to spearhead a cold weather shelter ordinance and his work as a member of the Lake Ballinger Forum, formed by local cities to address water quality and flooding issues throughout the watershed.
“I’m proud of the role I’ve played on the Council on behalf of the citizens of Edmonds,” Wilson said. “Council observers know that I work hard on the Council, and that I am always prepared.”
Wilson said he anticipates a crowded field of candidates on the ballot for the four councils seats up for election this fall, including his own. He plans an official campaign kickoff April 28, with Congressman Inslee as the speaker.
An Edmonds resident since 1999, Wilson runs a public affairs firm — Wilson Strategic — focused on health care and environmental policy. He and his wife Karianna have two children, 4-year-old Karsten and 2-year-old Annika.